Tuesday, January 8, 2013

2012 By the Numbers

I love to do my bookish stats analysis at the end of the year.  I'm a bit behind, but that's just how it goes.  Enjoy!

For comparison, my 2011 stats.

Total books read in 2012: 130
For the full list, see my Read in 2012 list.

Average books per month: 11  
January was my highest month with 16 books.
May was my lowest month with 8 books.

And now come the graphs :)

Print is still my top choice for reading format, but my audio and e-book formats took some pretty big leaps this year.
(Audio went from 9% in 2011 to 22% in 2012 - most likely due to my long commute; e-books went from 12% in 2011 to 18% in 2012.)

My genres for the most part didn't change much since last year.  The two significant differences are the big increase in sci-fi (from 2 books to 21 books) and the big decrease in paranormal (from 22 books to 8 books).  There were some other adjustments, notably an increase in fairy tale retellings, but nothing too monumental.

In other percentages, mostly for my own benefit, things stayed fairly consistent:
Nonfiction 5%
Fiction 95 %
(which is still painfully sad)

My age group reading was pretty similar as well (boy, do I need to read more adult books)
Childrens: (below middle grade): 2%
Middle Grade: 24%
Young Adult: 65%
Adult: 9%

The sources for my books was almost identical to 2011:
Books from the library: 49%
Books sent for review: 44%
Books from my collection (not for review): 5%
I'm hoping the Dusty Bookshelf Challenge will help me pull up that last percentage a little.

My most-read author was a three-way tie with four books each:
L.A. Meyer (for the Bloody Jack series)
Tamora Pierce (for the Song of the Lioness series mostly)
Cinda Williams Chima (for the Seven Realms series)

Other random stats:
2012 Debut Authors: 18
Rereads: 9
Did Not Finish: 5
Books with main or strong supporting characters who are People of Color (I've included people with disabilities in this rather broad definition): 33%

If you're interested in seeing how I did with my reading challenges from 2012, go to my 2012 Reading Challenges Page.

Whew, if you made it through this post, give yourself a pat on the back!  How was your 2012 reading?

If you buy through my Amazon linkage, I will get a very small percentage


  1. Do you get to read at work? I know you're a librarian, but you said you do a lot of research and you're an academic library right now. So, I just wonder how much you read at work.

    1. I actually don't read too much while I'm at work (well, for fun anyway). I do most of my work reading during my lunch break. But, during slower parts of the year or while students are on break, I might get more reading in. In most library jobs, it depends on the supervisor if you can read while at work.

  2. Yay for L.A. Meyer and Bloody Jack! I love that series and really, really need to finish it. Maybe this year I'll finally do it ...

    1. I'm not sure I'll ever finish it. I DNF'd number 5 I think it was. Mostly because my audio library check out expired and I didn't care enough to check it out again. I'm sure my hankering for Jacky will come back to haunt me sometime though...

  3. I actually like numbers posts -- kind of interesting.

    1. I like them too, but some people just get the glazed eyes :)

  4. I love the end of the year when all the book bloggers post their stats. I find them fascinating. I have never kept track of my stats close enough (usually just a running total by category). I'd like to read more non-fiction too - I think I was at slightly more than 5% this year, but just slightly.

    1. This is my second year keeping better track and I really like it. I'm glad I'm not the only one struggling to read more NF!

  5. Sheesh! You read way more than I did. One day I should look at my stats. I sorta don't want to know, though. You know?

    1. Yeah, if I didn't get to read as much, I might not want to even bother. Sometime you should track it, even if it's just for your benefit :)


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